User Experience [UX] Designer

UX User Experience [UX] designers make sure that a product or service is useful, usable and enjoyable to users, whether it is the layout of an online shop or the usability of an app.

Annual Salary

£19760 - £65000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

Future employment

There will be 3% more User Experience [UX] Designer jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You could be working for any company that has customers and uses a digital platform to communicate or sell to them - such as Google, the BBC, Spotify and online businesses to  improve the user experience.

  • Your job is to understand exactly what the users of your website want and need - and then deliver it to them in the easiest and most effective way. 
  • You will get involved in user research, information architecture, content analysis, interaction design, visual design, and prototyping.
  • You' ll assist with designs across the entire website journey - helping define all the steps required, and all the pages and interactions necessary.
  •  You will be designing what the developers build, so you are central to providing the first-class user experience that the customers expect.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and level 3 qualifications 2/3 A levels or BTEC qualification for a university degree course or higher apprenticeship in UX.
  • a degree in a relevant subject for a post graduate course eg Graphic design

How to get in?

1. You could do a degree or postgraduate course  in:

  • product design
  • digital marketing
  • graphic design
  • human computer interaction (HCI)
  • digital media and web design

After your degree you could start as a junior UX designer in a trainee role for example in the BBC.

2. An apprenticeship

You could start by doing a level 3  advanced apprenticeship in digital marketing. A degree apprenticeship in digital user experience is being developed.

After completing your apprenticeship, you could find work with a digital design agency, user research company or for a large organisation such as the BBC or a mobile phone company.

£19760 - £65000

Starter salary: £19760

Experienced salary: £65000

Starting salary for an apprentice is between £12000 - £20000

Average salary for a junior graduate UX designer is between £19000 - £25000

Average salary for an experienced UX designers is between £30000 and £50000

You could work in an office, from home or at a client's business.

With experience you could move into a management job and supervise other designers.

You could also move into a development role if you've got experience of programming languages.

Career tips

You'll find it useful to have:

  • knowledge of development tools like HTML and CSS
  • experience of using design software like Adobe Creative Suite
  • experience of creating wire frames and prototypes by hand and with software
  • an understanding of agile project development methods

It'll help if you have a portfolio to showcase examples of your work.

Further information

You can find out more about working as a user experience (UX) designer from

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • to have a passion for everything digital such as apps, websites, mobile platforms 
  • to be good at coming up with new ideas, be curious and imaginative?
  • To enjoy designing things.
  • To be able to work as part of a team.
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • persistence and determination
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative

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